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Perfect Ten: Why people create alts in MMOs

I have alts in Final Fantasy XIV. This is absurd for two reasons. First, the statement makes it clear that I have alternate...
Bored, huh?

The Daily Grind: Is crafting fundamental to a proper MMORPG?

There was always something that bothered me about City of Heroes, and it took until the point that the game actually introduced its...

Desert Oasis: A guide to open PvP and grindspot etiquette in the world of Black Desert

Back in my classic Guild Wars days, I was so happy to have the scrimmage system. It was a great way to solve...

The Survivalist: Astroneer’s moon landing update is a time-limited online event done right

I could definitely write a Why I Play on Astroneer (and maybe I still will!) because there are so many reasons this...

The Daily Grind: What is the purpose of MMO player housing?

We've certainly kicked around the topic of player housing in this space before, but a lot of the division and disagreement I've seen on...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 231: EverQuest and Secret World prognostications

Justin and Bree discuss Elder Scrolls Online, Pagan Online, EverQuest 3, Guild Wars 2, and Worlds Adrift, with adventures in WoW, SWG, and Villagers & Heroes, plus mailbag topics on The Secret World and MMO fashion.

Choose My Adventure: Help, the Going Rogue story of City of Heroes has a hold of me

The thing about being a superhero that almost nobody tells you is that there are personal stories involved. Sure, the big picture is what...

The Daily Grind: What’s the best player-run event you’ve ever witnessed in an MMO?

It'd be tempting to think that back in the long, long ago when MMOs were still young, MMO players weren't quite as jaded about...

Fight or Kite: Exploring Crowfall’s banking, newbie, and God’s Reach update

This past week Crowfall patched in update 5.100 (that’s right - we’ve gone from 5.9 to 5.100, as one does), which wiped existing...
Yes, this part is fully explained.

Wisdom of Nym: Story beats that I’d like to see explored in Final Fantasy XIV

There's a wide-open space for storytelling in Final Fantasy XIV with the conclusion of the 5.0 MSQ, a lot of different ways that...

Tamriel Infinium: Everything we learned from Quakecon 2019’s Elder Scrolls Online panel

On Saturday, president of ZeniMax Online Studios Matt Firor and creative director of The Elder Scrolls Online Rich Lambert took the stage at...

The Daily Grind: Has there ever been MMO loot you desperately wanted but never got?

Throughout the course of my MMO play, I've found that some loot I've craved is simply never meant to be. Sometimes it's an expensive...

Battle Bards Episode 149: Istaria aka Horizons

Is Istaria more than just “that game where you can play a dragon?” If it is, the answer might lie in its hidden repository...

Global Chat: Ranking World of Warcraft’s expansions

Have you ever tried your hand at ranking all of World of Warcraft's expansions from worst to best? Sure you have, because everyone's done...
Everyone remembers where we parked, right?

The Daily Grind: What would (or did) convince you to try an imported free-to-play MMO?

There's an interesting cycle with a lot of free-to-play imports which I dubbed "temports" many moons ago. Players stay away because they're sure that...

LOTRO Legendarium: The first year of LOTRO’s operation

It was April 24th, 2007. World of Warcraft players were deep into The Burning Crusade, SOE had just launched Vanguard, and the...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the best sound design?

I've long held the opinion that one of the most underrated elements of effective MMORPGs is a really good sound design. I'm not just...

Lawful Neutral: Mr. Krabs’ Wacky Bucks and currency in online games

I used to watch Spongebob religiously. I loved the days when I could put on Nickelodeon and have Spongebob on for hours. One of...

The Soapbox: The counterproductiveness of limited-time content in online games

While thoroughly enjoying playing Astroneer's special event in honor of Apollo 11's moon landing 50th anniversary that's happening now through August 31st,...
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WoW Factor: Is Age of Darkness really the next expansion, and is it what we want and need?

First of all, let's just get this out of the way right off the bat: It is possible that this column will contain spoilers...

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